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Healthier alternatives to ring in the new year

There’s nothing wrong with the occasional cocktail, especially around the holidays. The key is to stay away from super-fruity drinks made with sugary mixers or dessert coffees laced with heavy creams that can quickly set you back 400 or 500 calories. To get a feel for a few light options, we turned to the Girls Gone Sporty Ambassadors to discover a few New Years Eve drinks recipes worth trying.


For a festive affair and a colorful orange cocktail, simply mix 3-ounces of 3 Olives Cake Vodka in 7-ounces diet orange soda. A single shot of vodka has only 69 calories, so a full drink will set you back 207. According to Kim Prytherch of Barking Mad About Running, this drink tastes just like an orange creamsicle!

Serves 4


  • 12 ounces 3 Olives Cake Vodka
  • 28 ounces diet orange soda


  1. Shake vodka in a shaker with ice.
  2. Pour chilled orange soda glasses. For a fun affect, rim the glasses with rainbow sprinkles.
  3. Add the vodka evenly to each glass and serve.


You’ll be staying up until the wee hours of the morning on New Years Eve, so why not offer a twist on the classic morning mimosa? This Cherry-Osa recipe provided by Alexandra Cantrell of Healthy Life Happy Wife is the perfect sweet and bubbly cocktail.

Serves 4



  1. Fill each champagne flute 1/3 of the way with cherry juice (about 2 ounces)
  2. Fill the rest of the glass with champagne (about 4 ounces per champagne flute).

For a fun garnish, drop a cherry in each glass! Each serving has approximately 130 to 140 calories.

Hot Cranberry Tea

This recipe can be made with or without alcohol, offering a delicious, warm alternative to cold drinks on a cold night.


  • 8 cups 100% cranberry juice
  • 4 ounces lemon juice
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 teaspoons cloves
  • 6 bags Choice Organic Masala Chai tea
  • 1 cup dark rum (optional)


  1. Mix cranberry juice, lemon juice, rum, cinnamon sticks and cloves in a saucepan, bringing the liquid to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat and add tea bags, steeping the tea for approximately 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the tea bags, cinnamon sticks and cloves from the liquid.
  4. Serve and garnish with a slice of lemon or orange, if desired.

This recipe makes approximately eight servings with 150 to 200 calories per 1-cup serving.

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